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Ranae Haddix- Complete Thai massage course notes
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Module 2 Chi Machine

I just finished module 1 chi machine. I reviewed the video again after my husband commented to me that he wasn’t super impressed with this technique. I fell like my placement of his heals were correct and my hip movement was as well due to his body movements all the way to his shoulders. Maybe it is just due to experiencing something new. I will keep practicing. 

Hopefully I posted this one correctly. Sorry not much experience with digital media. 

Thank You 
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Yes, now you are in the right place. Smile

I took the module number out of your topic title since the module number goes into each individual post, as you did correctly with your post above.

Just make sure to only use the 'Add Reply' button for each new post, and NOT the 'Add Topic' button.

Don't worry, we have lots of students who are not so tech-savvy. After a few posts it will be second nature. Smile

Regarding the Chi Machine - give it some time until you feel comfortable and natural with the move. If possible, try it on another person as well and see what feedback you are getting.

This move cannot be done mechanically. You really have to feel that you are totally in sync with your partner, and that it flows naturally. If you do it too strongly, it feels weird. If your rhythm isn't right, it won't flow. If you do it correctly, it feels like you don't need any effort to do it.

Try to picture in your mind that your pelvis is filled with water, and you shake it sideways so that it sloshes up against your hips from the inside. It is really only a small movement that translates into your partner's body. 

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Module 3 Foot Massage

My Husband loved Thai foot massage. Also he is beginning to like the chi machine.

I had a little bit of difficulty with the move of  thumb on the bottom of the foot with the twist and rotation. This move was a bit hand on my thumbs. I’m sure I will get used to it with practice. I found the combo push pull move much easier.

I will definitely be ordering a Thai mat soon. However I will be adapting these moves to the table as well so I can incorporate them when I work at the Chiropractic Clinic. I hope there are some side videos for this.
So excited to learn more. 

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A good mat makes all the difference. And... lots of our students are adapting the training material to the table. Once you get further into the course and get over the initial period where it all feels new and a bit uncomfortable, you will get more creative and easily figure out how to use techniques on the table.

The principles are the same - find the ideal body mechanics in order to work with least effort, work with bodyweight instead of muscle power as much as possible (this is harder to do on the table because you cannot get on top of people to take full advantage of your body weight), don't try to force anything, and accept the fact that some moves cannot be done on a table, or at least not as easily as on the floor.

But with the hundreds of moves in Thai Massage, you will have plenty of techniques that can be done on a table.

Also, could you please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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The one thing that I see missing is that you fill in the bio section in your forum profile so that I (and others) have some idea about who you are: where you live, what your background is, what brought you to Thai Massage, etc.

I also added your last name to your forum display name so that it matches our certification records.

You listed your website in your forum profile. I tried to open it, but it was not working. Is it broken or misspelled?

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Module 4 foot massage 2

Excellent example of learning to drive a manual stick shift. I will not drive anything else.

I am loving the 8 conceptual moves and ways to work the foot.  The circle movement and hand change on the feet is very effective. My husband really enjoyed it. Also feels very natural to use my body weight and rhythm rather than muscle strength. I will keep practicing applying pressure on the feet in the right direction or angle as this was a bit hard. 

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I read your bio:
"I have seen so many people burn out doing Swedish Massage. I feel if I incorporate Thai Massage early I can sustain a long career."

This is indeed a very valid reason to add Thai Massage to your repertoire. It can be a real career saver. 

There are also people who burn out from doing Thai Massage, but those are the ones who don't learn it correctly, i.e. they muscle moves instead of working with body weight, and they use physical force instead of working intuitively with their entire body and their energy. I call it the difference between a 'massage mechanic' and a 'healing artist'.

By following this course you will definitely be in the 'healing artist' category and will avoid any burn-out. Smile

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Module 5-Leg warm up.

I really enjoyed doing the leg warm up, it makes sense about preparing the muscles before stretching them.

The butterfly technique is supper effective. I’m getting lots of good feed back using this technique. The blocking technique is great for the floor. Not sure how to translate it for table work. But so far what I have incorporated works great and everyone loves it. Getting used to the breath and timing. With more practice it will come more natural and automatic. Can’t wait to learn and practice more. 

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July 16, 2021 - 1:49 am
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I am glad to hear that you are getting good feedback - you must be doing it right! Smile

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Module 6-Leg warm up with forearms.

I really like the extra text to the side stating the muscles being worked on.

Also the reminders of proper body mechanics is a great opportunity for me to work on my keeping my arms straight and using my legs to lift rather than muscling with my arms. 

Push pull technique has been supper relaxing for my clients. My runner clients really like forearm technique on the thigh. Positioning will take some time to get used to. I had to adjust a few times. I’m sure with more practice I will find the right positioning quicker.

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July 17, 2021 - 6:40 am
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Definitely, the longer you practice the material, the more natural it will all feel, and the more it will flow.

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Module 7-Leg stretches

I really like the information on observing the clients natural relaxed foot position. I didn’t realize I have been doing this. I think this is  a habit from working in a Chiropractic office. I'm going to keep practicing this section  a bit more, as my body is still getting used to these positions. I am getting the hang of the traction holds with my legs and feet. I am a little hesitant on how far to take a stretch in a tradition western massage we are always asking the client for feedback and the almost seems annoyed with this. With a lot of stretches the opposite side of the body seams to pivot when the stretch reaches max.

Also the circular hip lift cross pull stretches great for the table.

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It is not a good idea to ask a client for feedback every time you do a stretch. This would be annoying. The way to do it is to tell the client BEFORE the session that they should immediately let you know if you are going too far with a stretch, and give them a mechanism to do that. We call that the one-to-ten method. This is covered in several places in this course, and there is an entire module, #35, that deals exclusively with the subject of client communication.

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Massage Module 8-Leg-conceptual way of remembering stretches-hip pie

Grate idea of the hip pie is very helpful to keep in mind getting the hip through all ranges of motions. What a great way to keep the though process conceptual rather than robotic. The reminder to stay in tuned with their body was also helpful. To observe their flexibility of there body tightness, size before determine the techniques to use also grate reminders.  I also appreciate the different options available for the different sizes of bodies as I am short and so many of my clients are tall and or large. My runner clients are liking the warm up knee and calf techniques. I am usually resistant to do hip stretching on clients that have had hip replacements. But if it is healed well and the stretch is gentle this should be fine?

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You had posted in someone else's thread (Kathy Pabst), so I moved your post to your own forum thread. Make sure that you only post in your thread. Smile

If it is healed, and the stretch is gentle, you can try it and ask the client if they experience any discomfort or not. If not, you can go ahead. If the client tells you that it doesn't feel right, then better be safe than sorry, and use a technique that will definitely not cause any problems, like a rocking move for example.

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Module 9 -leg stretches-3

I didn’t think I would like the bouncing method at first but clients seam to like it. They say it is very soothing and are impressed by the gentle but effective stretching. I also like transitioning into the spinal twist. This is super effective with clients with complaints of low back and sacral pain. I think continued practice will smooth out communication. I find a lot of new clients even though I explain before the session about communicating intensity 1-10 and ask them. I feel like they wouldn’t say anything unless I ask and I don’t get much facial expression either. 

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According to my experience, when I do a potentially strong stretch, I ask the client to tell me on a scale from one-to-ten how it feels. I explain that before the session, and I do this a few times during a session. It is a fine balance. If you ask during every stretch technique, then it feels irritating to the client. If you never ask, then you won't get any feedback. So I just ask when I do more intense techniques.

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Massage Module 10- leg stretches-4

I like the 6 basic Thai Massage review. Posture and a soft touch are key. I tried the variation for the spinal twist it worked out pretty good even on the table. My husband liked the Adductor stretch. I wish I would of know this stretch months ago. I have so many clients that will love this stretch. Also the ankle/calf stretch feels much nicer than it looks. I was a little nervous to hyper extend the knee doing this stretch. Thank you for the reminder it takes weeks, months and years to perfect somethings. I tend to doubt my self. These reminders are good to hear.

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I know, many therapists here in the forum expected too much from themselves too soon. It does take time, and we have to be patient with ourselves. Smile

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Module 11 lower body recap.

I really like the summary for this module and seeing all the techniques as a sequence. When I learned Swedish massage they wouldn’t show us an example of a session or sequence/flow until we passed the Swedish module which was what we were learning. Also added reminders of focusing on power of softness, breathing and good ergonomics are a very helpful. I am enjoying implementing this into my current work. I am gaining so many more tools and techniques that are helpful and good alternatives for positioning.

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The summary modules are most student's favorites. There are a few more of those coming up. Smile

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